The Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link between Denmark and Germany and the Brenner Base Tunnel between Austria and Italy are both record-breaking European mega projects that will play a vital role in the future European transport network.
In the newly adapted STRING 2040 Strategy, focus is on the establishing of the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link has the highest priority
At STRING’s Political Forum, held in Hamburg on 20th September, Region Skåne handed over the chairmanship of STRING to Region Zealand. Thomas Hansson stepped down following an eventful year, and Steen Bach Nielsen, Region Zealand, defined new focus areas.
Around 1,000 participants from Germany and Scandinavia will meet today for Fehmarnbelt Days 2016 at HafenCity University in Hamburg. This is the third FBD; the first took place in 2012 and the second in 2014. At the opening event, which was attended by leading politicians, the university’s President, Dr Werner Pelka, opened the conference, which ends on 22 September.
Cultural and Creative Industries are an important priority for the STRING-corridor. New technologies and increased globalization sees societies moving rapidly from traditional manufacturing towards services and innovation. STRING wants to jump aboard that train!
The Federal Government adopted its infrastructure plan for 2030 on 3 August. The plan includes approximately 1,000 projects, including electrification of and improvements to 2 tracks of the German railway line between Fehmarn Tunnel and Lübeck. So far, 1.6 billion. Euro has been set aside (almost 12 billion Danish Crowns DKR).
Greener transport: We could save DKK 1 billion every day in the EU – provided that we don’t import oil
In the debate on how to persuade more people to switch from petrol or diesel to alternatively powered vehicles, views are poles apart even in the STRING corridor. This was clear after a debate at Folkemødet 2016, organised by STRING and the GREAT project.
Progress is being made towards the creation of a fixed link under the Fehmarnbelt. On 4 March 2016, a political agreement was reached in Denmark among the parties behind the Fehmarnbelt project that Femern A/S may enter into conditional contracts with the preferred contractors. Monday, May 30th, 2016 was the day when contracts were to be signed. The Chair of STRING describes the event as a significant step towards the link’s establishment.
From 20 until 22 September 2016, the third Fehmarnbelt Days are hosted at HafenCity University Hamburg. You can now sign up for free for more than 20 events. Ready for take-off!
A new survey amongst citizens in Schleswig-Holstein, by the prestigious FORSA Institute, shows that 51 percent of respondents back the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link.